Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Science Fiction and Fantasy Events in Toronto, March 2012

These events are from the science fiction & fantasy calendar I run.  If you have an event that's not listed, email me ( and I'll put it on the calendar and add it here.  While I try to get the details correct, always check the links to confirm event information. I'll be updating this post as I learn of more events.

Thursday March 1

Dr Who Information Network (DWIN) Pub Night

There is a regular Doctor Who Tavern/Pub gathering in Toronto on the first Thursday of each month
Where: Paupers Pub, 539 Bloor Street West (near Bathurst). We meet up at the back near the dartboards.
When: People usually start to arrive around 8:00pm.

Saturday March 10 to Sunday March 11 


Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South building hall F & G
(222 Bremner Blvd.)

When: 11 - 6
Cost: $20 single day / $30 weekend

Tuesday March 13 

George R. R. Martin Signing copies of his book A Dance With Dragons.

Where: , Indigo, 55 Bloor W, Toronto
When: 7 pm
Admission: Free

Wednesday March 14

Chiaroscuro Reading Series Presents Andrew Pyper, Alyxandra Harvey & David Clink!

Where: Augusta House (152 Augusta Avenue)
When: 8 pm - 11 pm

Andrew Pyper was born in Stratford, Ontario in 1968. He is the author of Kiss Me, a collection of short stories, as well as the five novels to date (Lost Girls, The Trade Mission, The Wildfire Season, The Killing Circle, and The Guardians). Lost Girls was an international bestseller, and is currently in development for a feature film adaptation. His new novel, The Demonologist, will be published internationally in late 2012 and early 2013. Andrew Pyper lives in Toronto.
Alyxandra Harvey lives in Ontario, Canada. She studied Creative Writing and Literature at York University and has had her poetry published in magazines like The Antigonish Review, Room of One’s Own, OnSpec and CV2. When not writing, she is a bellydancer and jewellery maker. She has published a number of vampire novels including My Love Lies Bleeding, Blood Feud, Out for Blood, and Haunting Violent. In Stolen Away, published by Bloomsbury in March 2012, Alyxandra Harvey enters the world of faery in another irresistible dark romance.
David Clink is the Board President of the Rowers Pub Reading Series. David’s poetry has appeared in The Antigonish Review, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Grain Magazine, The Literary Review of Canada, and in over ten anthologies. He is a member of three writing groups. He was co-publisher, along with Myna Wallin, of Believe Your Own Press, which published twenty quality chapbooks in its five year history. His poem, “Falling” was nominated for two awards: the Rhysling Award and the Aurora Award. His poem, “Copyright Notice 2525” placed second in the 2007 Asimov’s Reader’s Poll. His first book of poetry, Eating Fruit Out of Season was published by Tightrope Books in 2008.  He edited the poetry anthology A Verdant Green (Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2010). His second book, Monster, from Tightrope Books, was released in Fall 2010. His third collection of poetry, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu will be published this Fall from the Battered Silicon Dispatch Box.

Sunday March 18 

Space-Time Continuum SFF Discussion Group

Where: Bakka Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord Street
When: 1 pm
Topic: The Aleph short story By Jorge Luis Borges in Ficciones

Thursday March 22

Launch party for Leah Bobet's novel ABOVE!

Where: Hotel Ocho (195 Spadina Ave)

When: 8pm - 2 am

Yes, people: it's time for the best part of the writing process.

The party.

Join Bakka-Phoenix Books, Scholastic Canada, and author Leah Bobet on Thursday, March 22 for a night of reading, chatter, cocktails, snacks, tunes, and fabulousness to launch her debut novel, ABOVE. Three-piece suits encouraged; spirit of adventure mandatory!
Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above—like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape to the world he knows as Above—the streets of downtown Toronto. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home—not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.

"ABOVE pulls off that rare trick of being convincing and utterly magical at the same time." - Emma Donoghue, NYT bestselling author of ROOM

"Leah Bobet's ABOVE is that rarest of creatures, combining the outspoken honesty of a good first novel with the craft of a seasoned professional." - Elizabeth Bear, Hugo Award-winning author of DUST
Doors at 8:00 pm; stay until you're tired, or happy, or in love. Look forward to seeing every one of you!

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